David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sociological Theory 5 (1):1-14 (1987)
The significance of Durkheim's lifelong concern with the development of individualism in society is undeniable. Beginning with his critique of the pathological egoistic individualism of Herbert Spencer and the English utilitarians, Durheim's analysis of individualism culminates in his notion of the "cult of the individual". Originally conceptualized as neither a true social bond nor a possible basis of social solidarity, individualism is eventually seen by Durkheim as the sole surviving form of mechanical solidarity in modern society. In attempting to explain the moral basis of modern society, Durkheim struggles with the question, what is the relationship between the moral specialization or diversity associated with organic solidarity and the morality of the collective conscience, which becomes focused on the "cult of the individual"? Tracing the evolution of Durkheim's thought reveals his shift from a structural to an idealist orientation as well as his proposals for social reform in modern society
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Philip Wexler (2008). A Secular Alchemy of Social Science: The Denial of Jewish Messianism in Freud and Durkheim. Theoria 55 (116):1-21.
Mustafa Emirbayer (1996). Useful Durkheim. Sociological Theory 14 (2):109-130.
Howard L. Peterson (1974). The Quest for Moral Order: Emile Durkheim on Education. Journal of Moral Education 4 (1):39-46.
Ernest Wallwork (1985). Sentiment and Structure: A Durkheimian Critique of Kohlberg's Moral Theory. Journal of Moral Education 14 (2):87-101.
Gianfranco Poggi (2000). Durkheim. Oxford University Press.
Mark S. Cladis (1995). Education, Virtue and Democracy in the Work of Emile Durkheim. Journal of Moral Education 24 (1):37-52.
Mark S. Cladis (1993). Rousseau and Durkheim: The Relation Between the Public and the Private. Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (1):1 - 25.
Sungmoon Kim (2010). Beyond Liberal Civil Society: Confucian Familism and Relational Strangership. Philosophy East and West 60 (4):476-498.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads49 ( #33,090 of 1,101,118 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #81,124 of 1,101,118 )
How can I increase my downloads?